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EPS-QEOD Travel Grant Student Awards - deadline 19 January 2017

Posted By Administration, Thursday 5 January 2017

The Quantum Electronics and Optics Division and Young Minds 

Action Committee of the European Physical Society offer travel grants 

for PhD Students wishing to attend CLEO®/Europe-EQEC 2017



  • Grants are available.
  • The monetary sums are 500 € for PhD Students working in a country of the European Union (EU) or 1000 € for PhD Students working outside EU.
  • The amount will be sent to the recipients by wire bank transfer.


Selection procedure and criteria

  • A Committee composed by QEOD Board members and EPS Young Minds will review the applications.
  • Grants will be awarded to PhD Students having not yet defended their thesis at the dates of the meeting.
  • Only one grant will be awarded per person and per research group.
  • Recipients must have an accepted oral or poster contribution at the conference.


Application procedure

  • Applications must be made between October 17, 2016 and January 19, 2017 by using the online system for conference submissions (
  • There, a special item points to the EPS-QEOD Travel Grant Student Awards.
  • If you are interested in applying, below this item upload a double-page pdf file detailing

(i) your name, surname and date of birth,

(ii) your complete affiliation,

(iii) the title and the 35-word abstract of your contribution,

(iv) the starting date of your PhD and expected date of the PhD defense,

(v) your list of publications limited to the five most significant articles,

(vi) a support letter of your supervisor.



  • Results of the selection Committee will be sent to the applicants from March 17, 2017.


We are looking forward to seeing you in Munich!


Luc Bergé                                                                                                 




Eva Salvador Balaguer

EPS Young Minds Chair

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Call for Papers: CLEO®/Europe - EQEC 2017

Posted By Administration, Thursday 5 January 2017
Updated: Thursday 5 January 2017

The European Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics and the European Quantum Electronics Conference will take place from Sunday 25 June to Thursday 29 June 2017 in Munich (ICM), Germany as part of the World of Photonics Congress and the Laser World of Photonics 2017, the world's leading laser trade fair.

The Congress will be the largest, most comprehensive and prestigious gathering of optics and photonics scientists and engineers organized in Europe in 2017.

A full list of topics and committees can be viewed on the conference website at  and we hope you will agree that the high quality of plenary, keynote, tutorial, invited speakers and short courses promises to make this conference unmissable!

The chairs invite you to come to Munich during June 25 - 29, 2017 and participate in Europe's most exciting photonics and quantum electronics event. The historical and cultural atmosphere of Munich in June also provides a perfect environment for scientific and professional networking and is a tremendous source of scientific inspiration.

Contributed papers can now be sent on line via

Please remember the deadline for the submissions: Thursday January 19, 2017, 23:59 CET.

Submissions should consist of a 35-word abstract and a single A4 page summary in pdf format.

Conference topics cover a very wide spectrum of technical areas including laser development, new optical materials, nonlinear optics and nonlinear dynamics, ultrafast phenomena, telecommunications technologies, atom and quantum optics, quantum information, precision metrology, fibre optics, optical sensing, photonic crystals, nanophotonics and metamaterials etc.  A particular highlight of the 2017 programme will be a series of special symposia surveying recent advances in the following emerging areas of: 

  • Free Electron Lasers and Applications
  • Advanced Microscopy and Nanoscopy
  • Photonics in Cancer Detection and Therapy
  • Optics of Topological Insulators
  • Perovskite Optoelectronics

More details can be found at

The conference is organised by the European Physical Society and its Quantum Electronics and Optics Division (QEOD), in cooperation with the IEEE Photonics Society and the Optical Society (OSA).

The CLEO®/Europe-EQEC conference series provides a unique European forum, offering informative reviews and discussing recent advances covering a wide spectrum of topics, from fundamental light-matter interactions and new sources of coherent light, to technology development, systems engineering and applications in industry and applied science.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Munich!

With best regards,

Giulio Cerullo, Politecnico di Milano, Italy 

Valerio Pruneri, ICFO-The Institute of Photonic Sciences & ICREA, Spain

CLEO®/Europe General Chairs

Thorsten Ackemann, University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom

Christine Silberhorn, Universität Paderborn, Germany

EQEC General Chairs

Jörg Schreiber, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität and Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics, Garching, Germany CLEO®/Europe-EQEC Local Chair

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Season’s greetings from the European Physical Society

Posted By Administration, Tuesday 13 December 2016

The European Physical Society would like to thank you for your interest and support throughout 2016.

The secretariat will be closed between Christmas and New Year.
The EPS secretariat will be closed between December, 23rd 2016 and January, 2nd 2017. Click here to contact us.

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John Pendry has been nominated as winner of the Ugo Fano Gold Medal 2016

Posted By Administration, Tuesday 6 December 2016

John Pendry, professor of theoretical solid-state physics at Imperial College London and winner of the 2015 Prize for Fundamental Aspects of Quantum Electronics and Optics, has been nominated as winner of the Ugo Fano Gold Medal 2016 for the physics of metamaterials.

The Prize Award Ceremony will take place on 19 December 2016 at the Aula Marconi, CNR Headquarters in Rome, Italy.

Visit the website of the symposium.

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1st announcement of SigmaPhi2017

Posted By Administration, Thursday 1 December 2016
Dear Colleague,

I'm pleased to announce the International Conference on Statistical Physics SigmaPhi2017 to be held in Corfu, Greece on July 10-14, 2017.
As in the previous edition SigmaPhi2014, the Conference will cover all the fields of Statistical Physics.

Keynote Lectures, Invited Talks, Topical Workshops, Special Sessions, Satellite Events, etc, are going to be announced soon.
Questions and proposals are welcome and should be sent to the official Conference address:

The conference venue is the Corfu Holiday Palace Hotel. Updated information can be found at the Conference web-site
Looking forward to your participation.
Best regards,

Giorgio Kaniadakis
Conference Chairman
Politecnico di Torino

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Solar kits at the COP22 in Marrakech

Posted By Administration, Tuesday 29 November 2016

Assembling solar kits and delivering light to the urban area of Beni-Mellal
Visit and presentation of the project at COP22 Marrakech conference

A report by Enrique Sánchez, member of the EPS Young Minds Project

During the second week of November 2016, the EPS Young Minds project, in close cooperation with the associations Migrations Co-developpement Alsace, Liter of light France and the University of Beni Mellal, developed solar kits lamps. The group of more than 30 assembled the different components collected for the project "Solar lamp kits". Once ready, these solar kits were aimed to be delivered to families and other workers in places where the use of light is often limited due to geographical or economical reasons.

A few days later, the group attended the UN Climate Change Conference [COP22] held in Marrakech, Morocco from the 7-18 November 2016. The project was presented with a poster exhibited throughout the conference and with a talk given by representatives of the associations involved. The project could partly be developped with the help of the "EPS Special Activity Fund" provided by the European Physical Society.

Description of the project

The Project was carried out in the following three phases:
1. Presentation of the project to the students of the University of Beni Mellal and the assembly of the solar kits
2. Delivery to families and people in need
3. Presentation at the COP22 conference

1. Presentation of the project to the students of the University of Beni Mellal and the assembly of the solar kits

During the first three days of my visit, I could interact with the student chapter of Beni Mellal. During the presentation of the project, they were attracting new students to participate in the project providing information and spreading the word among other students. On Monday 7th the project was presented in the auditorium of the university with a participation of more than 50 people and a local news reporter.

• Introduction by Prof. Mustapha Mabrouki, Head of the Physics department of the   University of Beni Mellal
• Liter of light France – Lucie Baron
• EPS Young Minds project – Enrique Sánchez Bautista
• Beni Mellal student chapter – Youssef Najih
• Migrations Co-developpement Alsace – Ahmed Ouarab

Description and assembly of the solar kits
After the presentation held on Monday 7th in the morning, during that afternoon and on Tuesday 8th, about 20 students were actively participating in the assembly of the kits, both in the mechanical workshop making the metal structure and in the electronics lab setting up the elements of the devices. Each device consists of: a solar panel, cables, a battery, a light bulb into a plastic bottle and a plastic box (where all the connectors and electricity distributors are located).

2. Delivery to families and people in need

On Wednesday 9th, the solar kits were delivered to families in need and workers in areas with a lack of proper light distribution systems. The highly motivated students were crucial to the success of the activity by delivering all the kits on time.

3. Presentation at the COP22 conference

On Thursday 10th, Prof. Mustapha Mabrouki, Lucie Baron, Ahmed Ouarab and I were presenting the Project developed in the University of Beni Mellal and in the villages of Bouachouch and Oulad Mbark in the COP22 conference. The talk was very successful with many questions along all the event. Additionally, one poster was presented in the stand of the Conference of Presidents of the Moroccan Universities, CPU, located on the green pavilion of the COP22 conference.

Overall impression

I found a very energetic and highly motivated group of students willing to participate in new activities. Not only the senior members of the student chapter were motivated; many other students were participating performing great work and spirit of cooperation. What I could see is that, apparently, these activities including direct participation of the students in projects working in teams -both boys and girls-, are not as common as in other locations. During the last day of the workshop, students were acknowledging us because these kinds of projects allow them to work in teams and cooperate and interact with each other.

Considering both the high degree of motivation of many of the students as well as the real and positive impact that this activity has supposed to the recipients of the light devices, from my point of view, I see highly recommendable to continue promoting these kinds of activities and this project in particular.



Complete report
EPS Special Activity Fund
Liter of light France
Migrations Co-developpement Alsace

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Facebook page of Migrations Co-developpement Alsace

Other EPS funded activities

3D for development, an initiative of the EPS Physics for Development Group

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European Physical Society Accelerator Group (EPS-AG) 2017: elections to the board of the EPS-AG

Posted By Administration, Thursday 10 November 2016

Dear AG Member,

The Statutes of the European Physical Society Accelerator Group stipulate that half of the members of the Elected Board have to be renewed every three years. Nominations must be supported by three members of the Group. Members are elected for 6 years (2 European IPAC events).

Eight vacancies are announced herewith. Nominations should be made on the attached form and, together with a short C.V. and a description of the activities of the candidate, should be addressed to

David Lee
EPS Secretary General

European Physical Society
6 rue des Frères Lumière

F - 68200 Mulhouse

The deadline for receipt of nominations is 15 February 2017.

The list of candidates and ballot papers will be mailed to EPS-AG Members by 15 March 2017, who will be invited to vote by the deadline of 14 April 2017.

Newly elected Members of the Board of the EPS-AG will be notified of the result of the election in writing by 21 April 2017.


Sincerely yours,

David Lee

EPS Secretary General

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Albert Polman is awarded the EPS QEOD Prize for Research into the Science of Light

Posted By Administration, Thursday 10 November 2016

The Quantum Electronics and Optics Division (QEOD) of EPS is delighted to announce that Prof. Albert Polman has been elected the winner of the 2017 prize for Research into the Science of Light "for mastering light at the nanoscale and for demonstrating novel applications in nanoscale optical circuits, photovoltaics, and super-resolution imaging". The prize will be awarded at the forthcoming 6th International Topical Meeting on Nanophotonics and Metamaterials (Nanometa) to be held in Seefeld, Austria from January 4-7, 2017.

Albert Polman is a scientific group leader at the FOM Institute AMOLF in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and professor of photonic materials for photovoltaics at the University of Amsterdam. Polman obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Utrecht in 1989, was a post-doctoral researcher at AT&T Bell Laboratories until 1991, and then became a scientific group leader at AMOLF. From 2006-2013 he also served as director of AMOLF.

Polman is one of the early pioneers in the research area of nanophotonics. His research group focuses on the realization of nanoscale metamaterials with tailored optical properties that do not exist in nature. He also designs and fabricates novel photovoltaic architectures with enhanced power conversion efficiency based on semiconductor and dielectric metasurfaces. Polman’s group is the inventor of angle-resolved cathodoluminescence microscopy, that is, a novel super-resolution microscopy technique that creates images with 10 nanometer resolution. The instrument is brought on the market by the start-up Delmic, which Polman co-founded.

Polman is an elected member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), Fellow of the Materials Research Society (MRS) and the Optical Society of America (OSA), and recipient of two ERC Advanced Investigator Grants (2011, 2016), the Physica Prize of the Dutch Physical Society (2014), the Julius Springer Award for Applied Physics (2014), the ENI Renewable Energy Prize (2012), and the MRS Materials Innovation and Characterization Award (2012). 

Further details on the Research in the Science of Light prize and other QEOD prizes, including former prize winners can be found on the QEOD website at

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Institute Recognized by American and European Physical Societies as Joint Historic Physics Site

Posted By Administration, Thursday 10 November 2016

27 October 2016 - APS


The Institute for Advanced Study, one of the world’s foremost centers for curiosity-driven basic research, will be recognized by the American Physical Society (APS) and the European Physical Society (EPS) as their first Joint Historic Physics Site in the United States. The award ceremony will immediately follow  The Institute for Advanced Study: The First 100 Years, a public lecture that author and historian George Dyson will give at 5:30pm on Wednesday, November 9. Both will take place in Wolfensohn Hall, on the Institute campus.

The APS-EPS award recognizes the Institute’s pivotal contributions to the development of theoretical physics, including the work of Albert Einstein, one of the Institute’s first professors, who remained there from 1933 until his death in 1955. Also among the Institute’s past Faculty are distinguished scientists and scholars spanning a range of disciplines, including  Robert Oppenheimer, Clifford Geertz, Kurt Gödel, Erwin Panofsky, Hermann Weyl, Hetty Goldman, Homer A. Thompson and John von Neumann. The APS-EPS Historic Site award puts IAS in the company of the Einsteinhaus, the apartment where Einstein lived in Bern, Switzerland, from 1903 to 1905, and the first European site to receive a joint APS-EPS designation, in September 2015.

“We are very pleased to be partnering with the European Physical Society in the first-ever Joint Historic Site for physics in the United States,” said  Homer Neal, President of the American Physical Society. “The Institute for Advanced Study has been one of the premier centers for theoretical physics in the world, hosting physicists in all stages of their careers.” 

Christophe Rossel, President of the European Physical Society, added, “The European Physical Society is particularly pleased to be a partner with the American Physical Society in declaring the famous Institute for Advanced Study as a joint APS-EPS Historic Site. This collaboration, as well as the world’s leading researchers hosted by the IAS since 1930, demonstrate that physics is truly international. The APS and the EPS work in their respective regions to promote physics and its societal impact to the general public and policy makers, linking the past to the future for a successful curiosity-driven pursuit of knowledge.”

Robbert Dijkgraaf, Director and Leon Levy Professor of the Institute, said, “We are deeply honored to be recognized by the American and European Physical Societies, and particularly pleased to be acknowledged for the work of Albert Einstein, who exemplifies the Institute’s commitment to curiosity-driven research and academic freedom and their capacity to produce knowledge that results in technological and cultural advances.”

In celebration of this honor from the APS and EPS, George Dyson, a frequent Director’s Visitor at the Institute, will deliver a public lecture on the creation of the Institute and its early years. In March 1916, social theorist Thorstein Veblen, who coined the phrase “conspicuous consumption” in his 1899 Theory of the Leisure Class, completed his Higher Learning in America, published at the close of World War I in 1918. Veblen called for the post-war institution of “academic houses of refuge,” including “a freely endowed central establishment where teachers and students of all nationalities, including Americans with the rest, may pursue their chosen work.” In 1923, Oswald Veblen followed his uncle’s lead by suggesting to Simon Flexner, director of the Rockefeller Institute, that he help “found and endow a Mathematical Institute.” Noting how often “an attempt to solve a physical problem has resulted in the creation of a new branch of mathematics,” Veblen sought to add other sciences to the mix. 

Simon Flexner answered that “I wish that sometime you might speak with my brother,  Mr. Abraham Flexner,” and Veblen did. Their conversation led, in 1929, to siblings  Louis Bamberger and Caroline Bamberger Fuld, who had launched their retail fortune by selling distressed merchandise out of a vacant Newark storefront in 1892. The Bambergers saw the flood of distressed intellectuals fleeing Europe as an opportunity not to be missed. To advance not only the pursuit of knowledge, but, as Abraham Flexner put it, “the cause of social justice which we have deeply at heart,” they opened a department store for the freedom of ideas.

Support for this event is provided by a grant from the Schwab Charitable Fund made possible by the generosity of Eric and Wendy Schmidt.

About the  Institute for Advanced Study

The Institute for Advanced Study is one of the world’s leading centers for theoretical research and intellectual inquiry. The Institute exists to encourage and support curiosity-driven research in the sciences and humanities—the original, often speculative thinking that produces advances in knowledge that change the way we understand the world. Work at the Institute takes place in four Schools: Historical Studies, Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Social Science. It provides for the mentoring of scholars by a permanent Faculty of approximately 30, and it ensures the freedom to undertake research that will make significant contributions in any of the broad range of fields in the sciences and humanities studied at the Institute.

The Institute, founded in 1930, is a private, independent academic institution located in Princeton, New Jersey. Its more than 6,000 former Members hold positions of intellectual and scientific leadership throughout the academic world. Thirty-three Nobel Laureates and 41 out of 56 Fields Medalists, as well as many winners of the Wolf and MacArthur prizes, have been affiliated with the Institute.

About the American Physical Society

The American Physical Society is a non-profit membership organization working to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics through its outstanding research journals, scientific meetings, and education, outreach, advocacy, and international activities. APS represents over 53,000 members, including physicists in academia, national laboratories, and industry in the United States and throughout the world. Society offices are located in College Park, MD (Headquarters), Ridge, NY, and Washington, D.C.

About the European Physical Society

The European Physical Society is a not for profit association whose members include 42 National Physical Societies in Europe, individuals from all fields of physics, and European research institutions. As a learned society, the EPS engages in activities that strengthen ties among the physicists in Europe. As a federation of National Physical Societies, the EPS studies issues of concern to all European countries relating to physics research, science policy and education.

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Nomination for the EPS Plasma Physics Innovation Prize 2017

Posted By Administration, Tuesday 25 October 2016

This new prize was established in 2008 by the EPS Plasma Physics Division. The prize is not awarded for cumulative career achievements or successful management and leadership. To foster collaborative research, it is allowed to nominate a group of up to three scientists.

The previous Innovation Prize laureates are:

  •  J. Allen and B. Annaratone (2008)
  • E. Marode (2009)
  • U. Czarnetzki (2010)
  • V.A. Litvak, M.K.A. Thumm and K. Sakamoto (2011)
  • E. Stamate (2012).
  • C. Hollenstein (2014)
  •  T. von Woedtke and K.D. Weltmann (2016)
The closing date for receipt of nominations is December 1st, 2016


The completed nomination form should be sent to the Chairperson of the Plasma Physics Divison Board of the European Physical Society, Prof. Dr. Richard Dendy, Warwick University, UK, preferably by electronic mail:

The board treats the nomination fully confidential and we kindly ask you the same.

Download the complete call below.

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